Squire's Blade Reviews

Let's talk about single and double edged razors and the blades that they use.
Post Reply
george
Posts: 298
Joined: Sat May 12, 2007 12:40 pm
Location: mid-Michigan, USA

Squire's Blade Reviews

Post by george » Fri May 23, 2008 5:35 am

**** LINKS TO REVIEWS FIXED ON 7/16/18 ****

Now you can easily find Squire's helpful reviews again. I'll summarize his favorites here, starting from best and in approximate order: Feather, Super Iridium, 7 O'Clock SharpEdge yellow box, Wilkinson (British - out of prod), Wilkinson (India - current prod), 7 O'Clock Permasharp green box (India), Polsilver, Kai, Derby, Treet Classic Dura Sharp Coated, Gillette "Swedish," 7 O'Clock Super Stainless green box (Russia), Astra Keramic, Gillette Bleue Extra, Crystal (Personna), Supermax Platinum, Bic (Greece).

With the Treet blades you need to be careful to get the right ones, because there is so much overlap with their names. And one thing I got in general - "platinum" doesn't guarantee a superior blade, though some of the best ones use platinum.

Paul(dog)


*************************************************************************************


This post has links to all of Squire's excellent blade reviews. As we all know, YMMV, but this still gives one a reference point. Hopefully you will all find this a useful post.

I'll try to add new reviews as Squire does them...

7am - 6.5 - Full Review

7 O'Clock Permasharp Stainless, green box, India - 7.25 - Full Review

7 O'Clock Sharp Edge (stainless), yellow box, Russia - 7.5 - Full Review

7 O'Clock Super Platinum, black box, India - 6.75 - Full Review

7 O'Clock Super Stainless, green box, Russia - 6.75 - Full Review

Asco Red Box - 6.25 - Full Review

Astra Blue/White - 6.5 - Full Review

Astra Keramic - 6.75 - Full Review

Astra Superior Platinum - 6.25 - Full Review

Bic from Greece - 6.75 - Full Review

Croma - 6.65 - Full Review

Crystal - 6.75 - Full Review

Derby - 7.0 - Full Review

Dorco 300 - 6.0 - Full Review

Dorco 301 - 6.5-6.75 - Full Review

Feather - 8.0 - Full Review
A comparison between two different Feather blades can be found here.

Gillette Bleue Extra - 6.75 - Full Review

Gillette Face-Guard - 1.0? - Full Review

Kai - 7.0 - Full Review

Ladas - 6.35 - Full Review

Lord - 6.35 - Full Review

Lord Big Ben Purple Box - 6.25 - Full Review

Lord Racer Blue Box - 6.35 - Full Review

Minora - 6.25 - Full Review

Polsilver - 7.25 - Full Review

Red Personna - 6.25 - Full Review

Shark - 6.85 - Full Review

Sharp Stainless - 6.0 - Full Review

Shogun - <6 - Full Review

Sputnik - 6.0 - Full Review

Super Iridium - 7.5 - Full Review

Super-Max Platinum - 6.75 - Full Review

Super-Max Super Stainless - 6.25 - Full Review

Swedish Gillettes - 6.75 - Full Review

Tesco - 6.35 - Full Review

Tiger - 6.0 - Full Review (broken images)

Treet Black Beauties - 6.5 - Full Review

Treet Classic Dura Sharp Coated - 7.0 - Full Review

Treet Dura Sharp Hi-Tech Steel - 6.0 - Full Review

Treet Dura Sharp Stainless - 6.25 - Full Review

Treet Platinum Stainless - 6.75 - Full Review

Trig - 6.25 - Full Review

Viking - 6.65 - Full Review

Voskhod - 6.35 - Full Review

Wilkinson Economie - 6.25 - Full Review

Wilkinson Sword, India - 6.85 - Full Review

Wilkinson, The Blade, England - 7.35 - Full Review

Zorrick - 6.5 - Full Review (broken images)

Edited to make into sticky. C.
Last edited by george on Mon Nov 28, 2011 4:15 am, edited 45 times in total.
-Michael

User avatar
DragonOptical
Posts: 82
Joined: Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:23 pm
Location: Halle, Belgium

Post by DragonOptical » Fri May 23, 2008 6:17 am

Michael, thx for the post!
I am one of the people who asked for such a list, so thx for the effort! :)

As for the Tiger and Zorrick reviews: I don't mind the broken images, so as far as I'm concerned you can add them to the list ;)
Mehdi

Razors: Merkur HD, Gillette SS 1948-50, Weishi; Brushes: GFT Super Badger, TAoS Pure Badger; Shaving Creams: GFT Violet & Coconut, Taylor’s Almond & Rose, D.R. Harris Arlington, Proraso Red & Green; Shaving Soaps: MWF, Joris

george
Posts: 298
Joined: Sat May 12, 2007 12:40 pm
Location: mid-Michigan, USA

Post by george » Fri May 23, 2008 6:27 am

DragonOptical wrote:Michael, thx for the post!
I am one of the people who asked for such a list, so thx for the effort! :)

As for the Tiger and Zorrick reviews: I don't mind the broken images, so as far as I'm concerned you can add them to the list ;)
I added the Tiger and Zorrick entries. You're most welcome. This isn't exactly a completely magnanimous effort -- I needed them all in one place for my own use, anyway...

:)
-Michael

buster
Posts: 228
Joined: Fri Jan 18, 2008 7:13 am
Location: Tulsa, OK

Post by buster » Fri May 23, 2008 6:31 am

Michael, thanks very much for this!

User avatar
Tye
Watch this space!
Posts: 2737
Joined: Sat Jan 14, 2006 3:25 pm
Location: Bend, Oregon
Contact:

Post by Tye » Fri May 23, 2008 7:41 am

Squire's reviews are what persuaded me to buy the Gillette sample pack from Giovanni. Thank, Squire.

~Tye
Contributing Member to the Cause

GollyMrScience
Posts: 987
Joined: Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:59 pm
Location: Alberta Canada

Post by GollyMrScience » Fri May 23, 2008 7:50 am

And so......
All those in favour of getting these reviews into a sticky please raise their shave brushes high and say Aye!
AYE!!
-Tom-

What the heck - lets just keep mixin' stuff together till it blows up or smells REALLY bad!!

Wet Shaving Missionary - "Have you been shaved?"

User avatar
ateace
Posts: 693
Joined: Tue Jan 29, 2008 9:14 am

Post by ateace » Fri May 23, 2008 7:53 am

I dare say that Squire is fast becoming the Walter Winchell of DE blades.

Thanks to Squire for the reviews and to Michael for compiling them.

Thalay Sagar
Posts: 4438
Joined: Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:14 am
Location: Roanoke, Virginia
Contact:

Post by Thalay Sagar » Fri May 23, 2008 8:41 am

Agreed. Thanks to both for excellent and well appreciated efforts.
Best,
Chris

“Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

User avatar
ThePossum
Posts: 1795
Joined: Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:20 am
Location: Halfway between Possum Neck and Possum Holler, Pa

Post by ThePossum » Fri May 23, 2008 8:53 am

Michael,

Thank you so much for going to the trouble to search all the posts and find just these threads. They will come in handy for me and I know others who are looking for a good blade.

Thanks must also go out to Squire for doing all the research for the reviews. I wonder how many times Squire sacrificed his great shaves just so he could use a blade that he may not like. All in the name of helping guys like you and me choose a blade.
Bryce

My Shave Stuff
The Original Safety Too - An SE Razor Forum

notthesharpest
Assistant Dean SMFU
Posts: 9449
Joined: Mon Apr 18, 2005 10:32 am
Location: Vancouver, BC

Re: Squire's Reviews

Post by notthesharpest » Fri May 23, 2008 9:57 am

george wrote:I don't know how to change the text in the URL to read something nicer like "Full Review", but I will change them if someone will tell me how to do that.
Typing this:

Code: Select all

[url=http://www.shavemyface.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28772]7am Blade Review, rating 6.5[/url]
will give you this:
7am Blade Review, rating 6.5

User avatar
Grate_Shave
Posts: 75
Joined: Thu May 15, 2008 6:33 am

Post by Grate_Shave » Fri May 23, 2008 10:14 am

This is awesome...I have found Squire's reviews very enlightening and consistent with my limited experience with the blades in my possession.
Thanks,
Jeff
Keep on Truckin' - Sir Winston Churchill

george
Posts: 298
Joined: Sat May 12, 2007 12:40 pm
Location: mid-Michigan, USA

Re: Squire's Reviews

Post by george » Fri May 23, 2008 10:31 am

notthesharpest wrote:
george wrote:I don't know how to change the text in the URL to read something nicer like "Full Review", but I will change them if someone will tell me how to do that.
Typing this:

Code: Select all

[url=http://www.shavemyface.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=28772]7am Blade Review, rating 6.5[/url]
will give you this:
7am Blade Review, rating 6.5
Cool! Thanks, NTS. Once again, you live up to your title! ;-)
-Michael

User avatar
giammi
Posts: 1022
Joined: Fri Dec 14, 2007 6:06 am
Location: Zürich, Switzerland

Post by giammi » Fri May 23, 2008 2:30 pm

Being quite new to the forum I never noticed Squire's reviews of blades. Very interesting. Thanks to both.

Agree should be a sticky.

User avatar
drmoss_ca
Admin
Posts: 9186
Joined: Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:39 pm

Post by drmoss_ca » Fri May 23, 2008 2:43 pm

Glue applied.

Chris
"Je n'ai pas besoin de cette hypothèse."
Pierre-Simon de Laplace

User avatar
Squire
Squadron Leader
Posts: 18970
Joined: Mon Apr 18, 2005 3:41 pm
Location: North East, MS

Post by Squire » Fri May 23, 2008 3:11 pm

Thanks Chris.
Regards,
Squire

User avatar
fish
Posts: 125
Joined: Thu May 22, 2008 11:50 am
Location: Somewhere near New York City

Post by fish » Fri May 23, 2008 5:58 pm

Hey, I just want to add that I am new here and Squire has been so incredibly helpful with his opinions and reviews - much to learn.

Squire makes me glad I have joined this group of good men who enjoy sharing their experiences about the richness of shaving.

Cheers! 8)
---fish--- Image

User avatar
gagarin
Posts: 518
Joined: Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:27 pm
Location: Pelotillehue

Post by gagarin » Sat May 24, 2008 6:08 am

Methinks it may be time to consider a custom title for Squire. Given his chosen profession and affinity for blade evaluation, how about 'Blade Counselor'?
Chuck

“Hundido en horizontes
soy polvareda que al viento va.
Zamba, ya no me dejes,
yo sin tu canto no vivo más…….”

User avatar
LeGaulois
Posts: 76
Joined: Sat Oct 20, 2007 7:32 am
Location: Paris - France

Post by LeGaulois » Sat May 24, 2008 10:23 am

Thanks for this post but also thanks to Squire.

george
Posts: 298
Joined: Sat May 12, 2007 12:40 pm
Location: mid-Michigan, USA

Post by george » Sun May 25, 2008 5:25 am

LeGaulois wrote:Thanks for this post but also thanks to Squire.
Most certainly, the thanks go to Squire! It only took me about 15m to make the post, he's putting in real time and effort to review the blades so methodically.
-Michael

User avatar
DragonOptical
Posts: 82
Joined: Tue Feb 05, 2008 3:23 pm
Location: Halle, Belgium

Post by DragonOptical » Sun May 25, 2008 6:47 am

Indeed, once again: much thanks to Squire for his great reviews! :D
Mehdi

Razors: Merkur HD, Gillette SS 1948-50, Weishi; Brushes: GFT Super Badger, TAoS Pure Badger; Shaving Creams: GFT Violet & Coconut, Taylor’s Almond & Rose, D.R. Harris Arlington, Proraso Red & Green; Shaving Soaps: MWF, Joris

Post Reply